Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) once said: “A woman is like a teabag– you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) has announced that it is inviting journalists on the judiciary and anti-corruption beats on various media platforms to apply for its Investigative Journalism and Fact Checking training.
A group advocating for freedom of the press has condemned the attacks on journalists and pressmen in the line of duty during the Nigerian Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday the 23rd of February, 2019.
The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), Abuja in partnership with the African Studies program of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C. is conducting a gendered analysis of the 2019 Nigerian elections.
As Nigerians across board head to the polls to exercise their civic duty in the 2019 general elections in less than 24 hours, it is important to note that attacks on journalists and observers covering the elections are a crime against democracy.
The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has called on the MD/CEO of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, Dr. Marilyn Amobi, to immediately stop the victimization of two whistleblowers, Sambo Abdullahi, Deputy General Manager and Head of Internal Audit, and Waziri Bintube, General Manager and Chief Finance Officer.
The Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom (CWPPF) calls on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to take action with regards to the corruption allegations against the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC boss, Marilyn Amobi and the alleged victimization of the whistleblowers at the NBET office.
The travails of Messrs Abdullahi Sambo and Waziri Bintube at Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) began in June 2017 after the former wrote to the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing challenging his redeployment in the company. Sambo maintains that his redeployment and subsequent predicament at NBET is not unconnected with his whistle-blowing on the MD/CEO of NBET, Dr Marilyn Amobi, whom he accuses of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. Mr Bintube, who is an official in the finance department, co-authored the petition against the MD.
In Kaduna, Habiba, a young lady on the streets of Barnawa holding a baby and a stick of weed shares her story, “I did not decide to be an addict, my family were a trouble to me, I was treated ill from others, I didn’t feel loved by my parents so and I started to find solace with my friends and neighbours, who introduced me to a cigarette- like stick, I was 16 yrs old I did not like it at first but it gave me a good feeling, I was always smiling and my worries became less. I want to stop, I tried to stop but each time I go a day without codeine cough syrup or weed I become sad and depressed and I feel like the world is going to end – So I continue, stopping will be very hard for me. Sometimes I feel sick but I can’t stop”.
Theresa Justin, a woman who lives in Makurdi was only 41 when she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in June 2017. She recalled feeling calm when the doctors told her because she had grown up seeing a woman in her neighbourhood who had survived breast cancer. “I didn’t even know there was a World Cancer Day” she said when informed about the relevance of this day.